John Thomas Hedges



John Thomas Hedges

Due to sudden complications from Juvenile Diabetes, John passed away Nov. 24, 2018. A Laguna Beach native, “Johnny” graduated with the illustrious LBHS Class of ’70.

Growing up, he worked at his dad’s Paint & Glass Store on Forest Avenue. After his dad’s retirement, John opened a glass and screen shop in town which he operated for 22 years.

He loved the outdoors and in his younger years he enjoyed his travels in Mexico, trips to the desert, riding the several motocross bikes he owned, and bodysurfing.  Later interests included classic cars and fishing trips with his son in the Sierra mountains.

After John retired, he liked reminiscing with friends and taking walks in town, talking to the many characters in Laguna (probably unaware that he was one of the characters, himself).

John is survived by son, John H. Hedges; daughter-in-law, Nicole Hedges; grandson, John I. Hedges; mother, Barbara Hedges; sister, Karen Howlett; and brother-in-law, Charlie Howlett.

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  1. Very sorry to hear of John’s passing. As one of the three amigos who felt & experienced the warmth of the Hedges family for one wonderful summer in Laguna in ’73 it is a great loss. Rest in Peace John & say hello
    to your dad for me. Barbara & Karen I’m truly sorry.
    Mike Mirch – Des Plaines, IL

  2. His father John senior was a very artistic painter as well as his sister Karen. In high school, I remember John talking of being an architect as he was very good in drafting and had the eye for design. We were best friends in school through the years of growing up. The constant adventures, you could write a book about. Will miss him greatly.

  3. John was a stellar friend and community member from the time he was a kid at his father’s paint store until making the big transition late last November. A big surprise to read of his passing, thinking that he’d stay around a lot longer. John was such a kind person, always presenting himself with authenticity and humility—two qualities in short supply these days. My condolences to the entire family. Know that John contributed a lot to my life and character (the good part!).

  4. Sad to hear of Uncle John’s passing.
    Pete and I have such fond memories of the precious times spent at his home. He was a delight to listen to his interesting stories of Laguna Beach. Blessings to the family.


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